Cuba Cruise: Cuba by Land and Sea

Cuba by Land & Sea

10 Day Tour from Miami to Miami

$2749 – $2989, per person, double occupancy (two people to a room)

Air fare is additional and is only available through the tour company due to the government restrictions on travel to Cuba.

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Vacation Overview

Shrouded in mystery for the last 50 years, you now have the rare opportunity to visit the captivating country of Cuba. Globus’ people-to-people program allows you to experience Cuba unlike any other destination. Interact with cigar rollers, singers, Old Styler car owners, baseball players, and more. Highlights include a visit to Cuba’s lush tobacco region, the colonial city of Cienfuegos—the “Pearl of the South,” impressive Santiago de Cuba, and the bustling capital city of Havana. Other interactions include meeting children at a daycare center and the nuns who run the center; visiting the studio of artist José Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean”; enjoying a performance by the Cienfuegos Choir and then discussing their training and future aspirations; spending time at a tobacco farm and enjoying coffee with the owner and his family; an interactive walk through Old Havana; and engaging with children at an acrobatics school. This incredible trip will leave you with fond memories for a lifetime.

Group Voyagers, Inc.* is an organization licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), CFR 515.565(b) and authorized to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our unique itinerary for 2015: “Cuba by Land & Sea” provides a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.

*Group Voyagers, Inc. is the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands.

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Day 1Miami

Arrive in Miami and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, meet your Globus Group Leader for a 6 pm welcome drink. This is a good time to meet your fellow program participants, get your questions answered, and prepare for your adventure in Cuba.

Day 2Miami–Havana, Cuba (Embarkation)

This morning, a short flight brings you to Havana, Cuba’s capital city. Upon arrival, meet your Cuban National Tour Director. Enjoy an orientation tour of this bustling city, including a photo stop at REVOLUTION SQUARE. Enjoy lunch at a local paladar (special, privately owned restaurant), where over dessert you can discuss the rewards and challenges of owning a business in Cuba and in the United States. This afternoon, take a walking tour and join in a DISCUSSION with an architect in OLD HAVANA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about renovations, different architecture, and plans for the future. Later today, board your ship, the MTS CELESTYAL CRYSTAL, your home for the next seven nights. (CB,L,D)

Day 3Havana

Start your day with a visit to FINCA VIGIA, Ernest Hemingway’s beloved home. Hemingway lived in Cuba for more than 30 years, and it is here that he wrote several books, participated in fishing contests and enjoyed the laid-back ambiance of the island. Engage with staff to learn about this Nobel Prize-winning novelist and his life in Cuba. You’ll also have a chance to see his fishing boat, El Pilar. Lunch is at a local ORGANIC FARM, where you’ll join in a discussion with the owners, learn about organic farming in Cuba, and then sit down for a genuine farm-to-table experience. Next, visit a DAYCARE CENTER to interact with the children and the nuns who run the program. The children may even delight you with a song or two. Return to Havana and tour the illustrious HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA, a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity. The hotel has hosted celebrities and world figures including Winston Churchill, Mohammed Ali, and Steven Spielberg. Reboard your ship for a 5 pm departure for beautiful Maria la Gorda. (B,L,D)

Day 4Maria La Gorda. Excursion To Pinar Del Rio

From Maria la Gorda, we travel to Cuba’s tobacco-growing region. Here, meet a local farmer and his family at a TOBACCO FARM. Learn about the process of growing, drying, and rolling tobacco. You can even try rolling a cigar yourself! Take some time to get acquainted with the owner and his family over coffee. Return to the ship and set sail for Cienfuegos. (B,L,D)

Day 5Cienfuegos

Founded by French immigrants more than 150 year ago, Cienfuegos is known as the “Pearl of the South” because of its impressive beauty and colorful history. Get acquainted on a walk around the main square. Next up: an opportunity to engage with tobacco rollers at a CIGAR FACTORY and to learn about the importance of tobacco, both culturally and commercially, for Cuba. Lunch is served at a waterside paladar, where discussion with the owner and staff could include the free enterprise system in Cuba. Before returning to the ship, enjoy a performance and discussion with the CIENFUEGOS CHOIR. (B,L,D)

Day 6Montego Bay, Jamaica

A full day in Montego Bay. Explore on your own or participate in one of the ship’s optional excursions. (B,L,D)

Day 7Santiago De Cuba, Cuba

Your visit to Santiago de Cuba includes a guided walk though Santiago de Cuba’s charming main square, REVOLUTION SQUARE, SANTA IFIGENIA CEMETERY, where Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, is buried, and a visit to SAN JUAN HILL, where Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and America’s Buffalo Soldiers emerged victorious in the Spanish-American War. Next, enjoy a panoramic CRUISE to Granma Island. Over lunch, join in a DISCUSSION with local fishermen and learn about their fishing practices and their community project that helps sustain the environment. Before returning to the ship, visit Jardín de los Helechos, the GARDEN OF FERNS. Here, you’ll interact with workers to learn about the various ferns and orchids found here and will also discuss what is needed to maintain this unique garden. (B,L,D)

Day 8Cruising

A full day cruising the Caribbean Sea. Take time to explore the ship, get to know your fellow passengers, or relax with a book on the deck. (B,L,D)

Day 9Havana (Disembarkation)

This morning, arrive in Havana and disembark your ship. Our first stop is JOSÉ FUSTER’S STUDIO, the artist cleverly nicknamed the “Picasso of the Caribbean.” Here, you’ll discover a surreal world—like nothing you have seen before. Interact with members of the neighborhood to discuss the project’s impact on the surrounding area. We then enjoy a musical performance and join a discussion with choir members and their director from the CUBAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC. After lunch, meet former Cuban baseball players for a DISCUSSION on the history and the love of this favorite pastime in Cuba and in the United States. This afternoon’s highlight includes a workshop at the ANGELES DEL FUTURO Community Project, where you’ll meet young children learning acrobatics and circus skills. You’ll be amazed at their talents and impressed with the skills they have mastered at such a young age—definitely a trip highlight! This evening, ride in an OLD STYLER CAR to your farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your time in Cuba. (B,L,D)

Day 10Havana–Miami, USA

After breakfast, depart for the airport and your return flight to Miami. Please schedule connecting flights after 3:30 pm. (B)

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Vacation Highlights

HAVANA
Orientation, Revolution Square; lunch and discussion at paladar; guided walk and discussion with architect in Old Havana; Finca Vigia (Hemingway’s home); discussion and lunch at an organic farm; interact with children at a daycare center; Hotel Nacional de Cuba; workshop at José Fuster’s studio; performance and discussion with members of the Cuban Institute of Music; discussion with Cuban baseball players; interaction with the children and teachers of Angeles del Futuro; ride in an Old Styler car

MARIA LA GORDA (PINAR DEL RÍO)
Meet a tobacco farmer and his family; learn about the importance of tobacco

CIENFUEGOS
City orientation; interact with tobacco rollers at a cigar factory; lunch and discussion with owner and staff at paladar; performance by the Cienfuegos Choir

SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Historic center; Revolution Square; Santa Ifigenia Cemetery; San Juan Hill; cruise to Granma Island; discussion with local fishermen; interact with workers at Jardín de los Helechos

NOTES:

  • The “Cuba by Land & Sea” program requires walking on cobblestone streets and uneven pathways, climbing stairs, and participating in a full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.
  • Due to special requirements to visit Cuba, participants will be required to complete visa application and travel reservation forms and sign an affidavit confirming that they are traveling under a people-to-people license and are aware of the travel rules. Participants are also required to send a copy of their passport photo page. These items must be sent to Globus within 7 days of making a reservation.
  • In Cuba, activities that have been scheduled far in advance can sometimes become unavailable for a number of different reasons. The purpose of the trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals and if the planned people-to-people educational exchange isn’t available, rest assured that another will be substituted that will be just as enriching.
  • The cruise itinerary is provided by Celestyal Cruises and is up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.
  • While sailing aboard the Crystal, there will be additional opportunities to have people-to-people experiences with the Cubans who work on the ship.
  • SMALL-GROUP discovery never more than 24 participants in a group.

Meals

Breakfast daily including a continental breakfast in Miami, 8 lunches, 8 dinners including a farewell dinner in Havana

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Hotels

Miami

 

Miami Airport Marriott

First-Class

The Miami Marriott Hotel offers comfort and convenience, with sleek new interiors, bright colors, and redesigned rooms. Amenities like the outdoor pool, fitness center, and a fantastic dining scene will make your stay in Miami exceptionally comfortable.

Havana

 

Melia Cohiba Hotel

Moderate Deluxe

The Melia Cohiba is a modern five-star property featuring 462 rooms. It is located in the El Vedado district, facing the famous Havana Malecón and is near Havana’s historic center. The hotel has an outdoor pool, fitness center, sauna, squash court, spa services, hair salon, business center, gift shop, five restaurants, coffee bar, cigar bar, lobby bar, nightclub, and 24-hour room service.

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $543. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Miami/Havana; Havana/Miami. Your air price includes, (a) luggage allowance of 44 lbs per person (total for checked and carry-on), (b) Cuba Health Insurance ($46), (c) Cuban departure Tax ($25), and (d) applicable taxes.

Cuba Visa Fee ($80) is additional and mandatory. This fee will be added to your program summary.

For your convenience, as credit and debit cards issued by U.S. banks have limited use in Cuba, Program Gratuities ($242) are additional and mandatory. This fee will be added to your program summary.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
from $765 depending on date and cabin category

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Miami:
in single room $212; in twin room $117

Group Voyagers, Inc.,◊ is an organization licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), CFR 515.565(b) and authorized to provide those who register as participants in our programs to visit Cuba legally for educational people-to-people interactions. Our itineraries provide a full-time schedule of people-to-people educational exchange activities designed to result in meaningful interactions between our travelers and individuals in Cuba. United States law requires that all participants in our programs adhere to the full-time schedule of people-to-people activities.

 

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†Group Voyagers, Inc., is the company that markets and sells the Globus family of brands.

 

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Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Globus to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.

Booking your Vacation with Air
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